John Slagle

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August 25, 1964 - July 13, 2021
Born in Broken Bow, NE
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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This is the adventure of John Edward Slagle. John, 56, of St. Charles, Missouri, embarked on his journey into heaven on July 13, 2021, at his family home. He will always be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, family man, friend, amazingly talented cook and world traveler.

John’s adventure began on a summer day in August in Broken Bow, Nebraska, as the child of Jasper Slagle and Mary (Pfenning) Slagle. John shared a household with sisters Krista and Melissa.  John started his culinary expertise as a child cooking for his sisters and himself whenever his parents would go out to eat.  He would cook all the things him and his sisters weren’t allowed to eat, for example the steaks that were for their parents.  Funny thing is there were 5 huge steaks in a package, and to hide all evidence, he told them they had to eat all five steaks, and they did.  Another time they fried everything one could think of from their garden.

John’s nickname was “Moose,” a fitting name for the gentle man who stood at 6’3”, who also played basketball in center position for Shiloh High School. John started his journey in the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout.

John attended Southwest Baptist University, where he met the eternal love of his life, Deborah “Deb” Lynn Nitzsche, on Easter weekend and just weeks before graduating with a Business degree. It can be said that fate, hard work, and a case of the chickenpox brought them together. Both John and Deb decided to remain on campus during Easter weekend for different reasons – John, because his sister, Krista, had the chickenpox, and Deb stayed because she had to write a long paper for classwork.

As with many holiday weekends, the university campus population was sparse, and John and Deb ended up going to a group dinner with mutual friends. After the friendly get-together, Deb mentioned that she had bought eggs and shrink wrap decorations and was uncertain how to do so, and John, being the helpful and kind soul, offered to teach her. John asked Deb out that Saturday evening, and their first date was Sunrise Easter Sunday service.

Both John and Deb journeyed through life, learning, and living together. They attended Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and she graduated with a Biology degree. Later in their life adventures, both John and Deb earned their Executive MBA degrees, sitting side-by-side in class at Washington University in St. Louis.

John and Deb’s love for each other blossomed and they celebrated their union, marrying on July 2nd, 1988, at the First Baptist Church in Sparta, Illinois. In 1990, they welcomed the birth of their son, Andrew, in Edwardsville, Illinois.

John was a dedicated father and best friend to Andrew. As an inspiration to Andrew and the next generation, for six years, John served as Scoutmaster of Troop 30 in Edwardsville, Illinois often instilling the importance of discipline, caring, integrity, character, generosity, trust, confidence, thriftiness, and leadership by example. John led Andrew and the Troop 30 scouts on many adventures and summer camps.  Some of the trips he took with Andrew included the mountainous scout ranch in Philmont, New Mexico, and Andrew’s first overnight camping trip at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

John was well-known for his endless interests and willingness to try any hobby, in which he gave it his all. He was renowned for his culinary skills, and often referred to fondly as a master of cooking. John won every cooking contest he entered and often used his mastery of fine cuisine to cook for his Boy Scout Troop; friends and family; and all those who would be privileged to enjoy his culinary delights.

As a mechanical engineer, John naturally loved to work with his hands – innovating, designing, building, and repairing endless projects. John was Andrew’s mentor and they often worked on various tasks together, from finishing Andrew’s family basement to working on electrical and plumbing projects, to building a deer stand. John shared his love of adventure and the outdoors, often bringing Andrew on fishing, deer, elk, and turkey hunting trips. To celebrate John’s 50th birthday, Deb and Andrew took him on an elk hunting adventure in northwest Colorado.  They hiked the 8,000 feet up and down together and sat on the edges of the Rocky Mountains. Mind you Deb is terribly afraid of heights but would do that just so they all could be together.

Love and adventure ran through the Slagle family. John, Deb, and Andrew shared a passion of distance running, and the family completed many marathons and races side-by-side.

Family was paramount to John, who dedicated his time to loving and helping raise his granddaughter Ellie, Andrew, and Courtney’s daughter. John called Ellie his “Princess,” and Ellie called John her “Papa.” John and Ellie spent hours cooking and eating popcorn together, but never forgetting to share a bowl with Grandma Deb. Their favorite culinary delight to whip up were cookies, usually ranger cookies because he knew those were Debs favorite. John was a constant presence for Ellie, never leaving her side, even when she napped, whether it was for five minutes or three hours. John naturally and proudly assumed the grandpa role, often taking his “Princess” on UTV “buggy” rides to pick up princess drinks and chocolate at the local store.

John met his grandson Ethan, June 21, 2021. He loved Ethan even before he met him. John doted on Ethan and was looking forward to more adventures with his new grandson.

An impromptu backyard wood fired pizza party Friday night began John’s final earthly adventure on July 9. John enjoyed watching Ethan while the rest of the family went kayaking the following day. On Sunday, while taking part in the traditional 5-mile morning neighborhood walk with Deb, the couple ran into the grandkids and Andrew and Courtney on the neighborhood playground. On this hot summer day, John was excited to share Ellie’s first ice cream truck experience by buying her a very colorful ice cream bar, and he lovingly carried Ellie on his shoulders as they walked home. He called it a perfect day and weekend together.

Even as John was not with us anymore, he continued to give and provide for others as an organ donor.  John was able to provide skin, bone graft for cancer patients, heart valve and tendon grafts which you know were in great shape being a marathon runner, veins, and corneas to give someone sight.

Loved ones that paved the heavenly way for John are his father, Jasper Slagle; and his three infant brothers Paul; and twins David and Daniel.

John’s adventures will continue in heaven and will be eternally remembered by his wife, Deborah “Deb” Lynn (Nitzsche) Slagle; his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Courtney (Locandro) Slagle; grandchildren Ellie and Ethan; his mother, Mary (Pfennig) Slagle; sister, Krista (Slagle) Deans and brother-in-law Sid Deans; nieces Vanessa Van Riper and Melanie Chandler; and sister Melissa (Slagle) Gray and brother-in-law Rodney “Rod” Gray; and nephew Benjamin Morales.

In lieu of flowers and in loving remembrance of John, the family asks for support to these two charities:

Guestbook Entries

  1. Janet Hannah! 🙏🏻❤️ July 19, 2021 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    To Debbie and Andrew and the rest John’s family, my deepest sympathy and prayers, he sure was a talented and good person! God bless!

  2. Carlos Martinez July 19, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb and the Slagle family, I pray that you may find comfort in the amazing life that John live with and through you. What an incredible life his was. I trust that his journey will continue in the heavenly mountains and gardens where I am sure he will continue to help others.

  3. Margarett Wolf July 19, 2021 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    candle 2Deb, Andrew and family — sending kind thoughts and keeping you in our prayers. Your love for John is felt through his stories and adventures. Warm hugs to you and your family always.

  4. Dwayne.Host July 19, 2021 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sending My Codolences to the Slagle Family

  5. Mike Hogan July 19, 2021 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Deb —

    I am so sorry to hear this news. And I know there are no words. But I also know, from watching your unimpeded positive energy and incredible growth at Sigma into one of the most decent and strongest people I know, that you will stay focused on all the good you had together, on all that remains good around you and will channel all that into making whatever is yet to come worthy of his memory. I will keep him, you and those around you in my prayers.

    Mike

  6. Matthew Hyatt July 19, 2021 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Deb and Family- The story we just read about John gave us insight into the amazing person he was and how much he is loved. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts.

    Our sincerest condolences.

    Matt and Jill Hyatt (and family)

    • Glenn and Debbie Nitzsche July 19, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Dear Deb and family,
      Words cannot express our sorrow for you. We remember your wedding day from long ago. Your love for each other was obviously. As We read about John’s life, that precious love grew exponentially. He was blessed with you and you were blessed with him. He packed a lot of living and serving in his short 56 years.
      Our prayers will continue. May our promise of eternal life comfort you.
      Blessings Always,
      Uncle Glenn and Debbie

    • Gary Fenicalx July 20, 2021 at 6:42 am - Reply

      So sorry to hear this.

  7. Sue Litteken July 19, 2021 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    candle 1Deb and Family, may all your memories and love you hold in your heart help bring some comfort during this difficult time. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  8. Christine Hilbert July 19, 2021 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    candle 5My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Russell Odegard July 19, 2021 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    candle 6Deb…so sorry to hear this heart breaking news. John sounds like an amazing person. Please accept my sincere condolences. “Memories paint the picture that is our life. Remember him, and behold a masterpiece.”

    Russ

  10. Adrienne Dawson July 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    candle 8Deb, Andrew and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray that you can take comfort in the memories you built together and the strong family you have built.

  11. Sandy Swanner July 19, 2021 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    candle 7What a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Cheryl DeRousse Bernhardt July 19, 2021 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    candle 2Sorry for your loss. I know you will miss his hugs but remember to close your eyes and just feel; the hugs are still there. Love always last.

  13. Justine and Doug MacDonald July 19, 2021 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    candle 7Deb, Andrew and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of an amazing man. May your memories and his love comfort you.

  14. Annie Mayrose July 19, 2021 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    candle 7Dear Deb and Family, Thinking of you and the incredible love you shared. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” – Maya Angelou

  15. Tim Arnold July 19, 2021 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Deb, so very sorry for your loss.

  16. Jennifer and Bill Hazer July 19, 2021 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    candle 8To the Slagle family, it is clear how wonderful John truly was! The strong, loving life he had will live on in all the family and friends he had to leave behind. Sending love, support and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

  17. Paula Norwood July 20, 2021 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Deb &Family –

    My sincerest Condolences and prayers are extended to you and your family. Such a wonderful life he lived and shared with everyone near and dear. May his memories help to comfort you through this difficult time.

  18. Arie Mayer July 20, 2021 at 6:33 am - Reply

    candle 6Dear Deb,
    We are very sorry for the loss of your dear husband. May his soul rest in peace.
    May God give you the strength to deal with your loss.
    Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    From the Israel team.

  19. Bill Reed July 20, 2021 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Dear Deb,
    My friend, I am so very sorry for your loss, and I wish you peace and love in these trying times.

  20. Mark and Marie Hargis July 20, 2021 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Deb, Andrew and Family,
    Praying for God’s loving arms to wrap you in comfort during this difficult time…May John’s memories and teachings continue to shine brightly on each new day.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Marie and Mark Hargis

  21. Katie Mondy Hughes & Steve Hughes July 20, 2021 at 7:06 am - Reply

    candle 8Deb and family, you are in our thoughts during this difficult time. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article on his earthly adventures. May you always feel his love in your lives.

  22. Tammi Triplett July 20, 2021 at 7:10 am - Reply

    candle 5Deb, Andrew and family. I offer you my sincerest condolences during your time of sorrow. May the memories of your love and God’s grace provide you with the comfort you need at this time.

  23. Donna Meinecke July 20, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

    candle 1I am so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have such wonderful memories that will be with you forever to share. Take comfort in knowing you will be together again. Keeping you and your family in thoughts and prayers.

  24. Scott Sample July 20, 2021 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Dear Deb, we are without words to your loss and just want you to feel our support during this difficult time. We know you cherish each day you spent with John. Much love, Scott & Lan

  25. Diana Goodhart July 20, 2021 at 8:32 am - Reply

    candle 5Deb,
    My heart goes out to you and your family during this time of incredible loss. May the memories of such a beautiful journey, bring you peace and comfort.

  26. Julien Saint-Andrieux July 20, 2021 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Dear Deb,

    I’m sorry for your loss. Please accept my most sincere and heartfelt condolences.

  27. Shaf Yousaf July 20, 2021 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Deb,
    So sad to hear about the passing of your dear husband. May the Lord pour his comfort upon you and give you His peace. Remembering you in our prayers.
    Shaf and Kathy

  28. Kevin Krosley July 20, 2021 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Deb, What a wonderful legacy John created with you at his side. May his testimony and his character energize and inspire many generations. Though I only met him a couple of times, I was blessed by John through your joy and energy. I’m praying for you my friend. “so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.”

  29. Ron Pfenning July 20, 2021 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Deb, Andrew and family, my heart aches for you. May God bless your often of all the memories he has left you with. John was truly a one of a kind

  30. Joe Lutkewitte July 20, 2021 at 9:42 am - Reply

    candle 7Deb, I am so saddened by the news. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will pray for you and your family and ask the Holy Spirit to help you through these difficult times.

  31. Bruce Colbert July 20, 2021 at 9:49 am - Reply

    candle 1Deb, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thoughts are with you and your family and wishing you moments of peace and fond remembrance of John, who I know was truly your best friend in life. Thank you for being, not only a great mentor to me, but a wonderful friend. You are honestly one of the strongest and kindest persons I have ever met. Peace be with you and your family.

  32. Tammy Ferguson July 20, 2021 at 9:51 am - Reply

    candle 2My deepest condolences to his entire family! May your wonderrful memories bring you solace and peace during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  33. Traci Lewis July 20, 2021 at 10:42 am - Reply

    candle 5Dear Deb & Family,

    What a beautiful tribute to John! Thank you for providing such a clear and loving picture of him for us.

    Please remember that as you walk through this valley of the shadow of death, you do not walk alone. God is with you, and John is there, too, encouraging you on. And you have the support, love and prayers of family and friends, too.

    (((Many Hugs))), Traci

  34. Jeff Caswell July 20, 2021 at 11:14 am - Reply

    My sympathy to Deb, Andrew, and all of the family members. John will be greatly missed. We will all see him again.

  35. Lila Day (aunt) July 20, 2021 at 11:22 am - Reply

    candle 5So very sorry to hear John died, way too young, he will be watching over all of you from heaven. Exceptional child exceptional man.

  36. Robin Reynolds July 20, 2021 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Deb,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember your stories of John. You were a team.

    I am sorry for your loss.

  37. Ron and Alice Wesbecher July 20, 2021 at 11:47 am - Reply

    candle 3We are so very sorry for your loss. Your beautiful tribute tells the story of a man who had more joy, love, laughter, blessings in 56 years than many who live to old age. We are thankful John lived such a rich life. May his eternity continue to bless you Deb, and your beloved family.

    With our love and prayers,
    Ron and Alice Wesbecher

  38. Henry Kriss July 20, 2021 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. John will obviously live on as a vibrant part of all of you, the ones he so deeply cared about. Please let your work family know how we can help, sometimes an ear is just enough.

    Grieving your loss,

  39. Catherine Regni July 20, 2021 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    candle 5Hello Deb, I’m so sorry for your loss. I never met John, but he sounds like an amazing person to have know. Take care, Catherine Regni

    • Jeffrey Reiter July 21, 2021 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      candle 3Prayers for John. He was a good friend and coworker for 10+ years.

      He will be missed by many.

  40. David Heick July 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    candle 1Dear Deb and Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss and offer my heartfelt condolences during this incredibly sad time. My hope for you is to let the beautiful memories that you and John created help you carry on, now and into the future.

  41. Cheryl Prichard July 20, 2021 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    candle 7Dear Deb and Family – Deepest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful person. Even though John may no longer be here, his memory will live on in the life you have built together and your gorgeous family. Thinking of you and wishing you strength and comfort.

  42. Christine Caprice July 20, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    candle 8Dear Deb & Family,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May the strength that you have always given to others return back to you during this difficult time. The description of your husband and his journey in life was so touching to read. May your cherished memories of him comfort you to last a lifetime. Prayers and hugs to you. Take care of of yourself.

  43. Emily Becker July 20, 2021 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    candle 6Deb, I’m so sorry for your sudden loss. Your love and adoration for him was evident when you spoke of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
    -Emily Becker

  44. Richard and Barbara Hodges July 20, 2021 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    We knew John from Shiloh school.
    He was such a kind young man. He remained friends with our son Robert over the years Thankful and grateful we knew him

  45. Diana Nguyen July 20, 2021 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Deb, Andrew, and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. My sincere condolences to you all.

    Diana

  46. Kelly Foster July 20, 2021 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Deb and family – Thank you for painting such a beautiful picture of who John was as a person. I have always admired the strength of your family and the support you have for each other. I will keep you in my prayers, and I hope you find peace and comfort in his memory and legacy.
    “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”…Winnie the Pooh

    Kelly

  47. Jim Quick July 20, 2021 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    candle 7Deb, please accept my condolences on your loss of John. Your loving tribute to him makes me wish that I had known him personally.

    I think of you often and I remember our many interactions fondly. I know that you will pull the rest of your family together and face the future with a positive spirit.

    Jim

  48. Donna Corcoran July 20, 2021 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    To the Slagle Family, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing a beautiful story of many chapters that holds precious memories for your family and all who knew and loved him. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, may you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    Donna and John Corcoran

  49. Renee Connolly July 20, 2021 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Deb, Andrew and Family- what a beautiful expression of the life John lived and impact he made on others. We are thinking of you all during this difficult time of remembrance. You are all in our families prayers. Send love and healing hugs.
    All the best, Renee

  50. Shari Klekamp July 20, 2021 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb and family, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of John. Sending prayers for comfort and healing during this difficult time.

  51. Jennifer Klaverkamp July 20, 2021 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    candle 8Deb and Family – My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. May you and your family find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have created together. Thank you for sharing these stories, what a beautiful glimpse into John’s life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Best Wishes,
    Jennifer

  52. Annette Drake July 20, 2021 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Melissa,
    What a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to your brother. What fun and mischief you must have had growing up!
    My sincerest condolences to your family and all those who loved John.

    With Love,
    Annette Drake

  53. Dave Junker July 20, 2021 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    David

  54. June & David Levy July 20, 2021 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Deb, Andrew & Family –
    David and I are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We look back on those scouting years with great fondness. Please accept our condolences and know you and Andrew are in our thoughts and prayers.

  55. June & David Levy July 20, 2021 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Deb, Andrew & Family,

    David and I are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We look back on those Troop 30 years with great fondness. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  56. Deborah Arnold July 20, 2021 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    candle 7Dear Deb and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. What a beautiful journey John, you and Andrew shared together. May you find comfort in holding dear the memories in your heart. God bless you and give you peace knowing where he is. It is never easy to lose someone we love but God will always provide you with comfort and peace.
    God bless you.
    Debbie Arnold

  57. Udit Batra July 20, 2021 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    candle 8With the deepest regrets and condolences to Deb and family. Our prayers are with you.
    Udit

  58. Annette & Mark Faerber July 20, 2021 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    We are sad to learn of John’s passing. We have many great memories of his time as Scoutmaster of Troop 30. We hope the love of family and friends and your memories bring you comfort and peace in the days to come.

  59. Graziella Amarasinghe July 20, 2021 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    My heart hurts for your incredible loss Deb. Thank you for sharing this tribute. We are here for you.

  60. Mark Massey July 20, 2021 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    What great memories I have of ‘Moose’ from early Shiloh days! He was a fun, funny, caring guy who I loved hanging with! Till we meet again…prayers for his family!

  61. Gloria Crisp July 20, 2021 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    candle 2Deb & family,
    With Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your Husband, Father, Papa🌹
    May God comfort you ALL during this difficult time. ✝️

  62. Jeffrey Whitford July 21, 2021 at 2:01 am - Reply

    candle 8Dear Deb,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  63. Pierre Potier July 21, 2021 at 7:54 am - Reply

    My thoughts are with you Deb and Family in this difficult moment. Life offers us tough challenges to overcome, but also score of good memories, as beautifully illustrated in the tribute above, to find strength and energy. All the good we do in this life keeps us alive in the thoughts of the people who knew us.

  64. Lynn Edgar July 21, 2021 at 8:48 am - Reply

    candle 5Condolences to family and friends.

  65. Tina Grenzer July 21, 2021 at 9:34 am - Reply

    candle 3Deb,
    I want to send my condolences to you and your family.
    I will be praying for peace for all while going through these difficult days ahead. God Bless!

  66. Jeff Thurston July 21, 2021 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Deb, so sorry for your family’s loss. May the strength that makes you a great leader hold you steadfast through this struggle.
    Thoughts and prayers.

  67. Chris Townley July 21, 2021 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss Deb. I wish you peace thru this time and hope that you find comfort in the memories of the many adventures you experienced together. It sounds like John was able to be with family and making great memories up until his end.

  68. Janet Bohnstadt July 21, 2021 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    candle 7Dear Deb and family, so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute to John he sounds like a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  69. Jeffrey Lasselle July 21, 2021 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    candle 2Deb, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.

  70. Sonali Nayak July 21, 2021 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    candle 8So sorry for your loss, Deb. Wishing you and your family the strength to bear with these trying times. Thoughts and prayers for you

  71. Doug McBain July 21, 2021 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    My condolences. John was a great guy to work with, and always had a good sense of humor and a smile.

  72. Anne McGovern July 21, 2021 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Deb and the entire Slagle family,
    What a beautiful life. John was clearly blessed and surrounded with love, and no doubt a best friend to so many. Ellie and Ethan have an angel smiling down at them. Strength to you all.

    Anne McGovern and family

  73. Ed Roullard July 21, 2021 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    candle 5Deb, I’m so sorry to learn of this. I only had the chance to meet John once, but the thoughtful obituary captures what I learned of the man that day. Deb, you’re one of the strongest individuals I’ve ever had the opportunity to know and work with, and suspect you’ll find a way to use this to only get stronger. The sincerest of condolences go to you and your family.

  74. Lisa & Scott Anderson July 22, 2021 at 8:26 am - Reply

    candle 4Deb – Please accept our deepest sympathy over the passing of John. He lived an amazing life and we can’t pretend to understand the depth of loss you are feeling. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  75. CONOR PITKIN July 22, 2021 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Deb and family,

    My deepest condolences to the entire family over John’s passing. Thank you for sharing these beautiful stories of him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time.

    Conor Pitkin & family

  76. Jill Rausch July 22, 2021 at 11:52 am - Reply

    candle 3Deb – My heart goes out to you and your family with this very sad news. John will be forever remembered for his kind heart, dry sense of humor and intelligence. It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to sit beside you and John at WashU during our EMBA program. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  77. Carol Stewart July 22, 2021 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb:
    I am so sorry for your loss. John sounded like a wonderful husband, father and Papa. Take solace in his memories and know you will be reunited with him in time. Sending prayers and a big hug. – Carol Stewart (BBSM)

  78. Cherie Van Cleve July 22, 2021 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    candle 5Deb and Family,

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story of his life and please hold these wonderful memories close to your heart and draw strength from them. I will continue to pray for comfort and strength during this difficult time.

    Hugs,
    Cherie Van Cleve & Family

  79. Ron LaFever July 22, 2021 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Deb & Family

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ron LaFever

  80. Vicki Daggett July 22, 2021 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    candle 5You guys were awesome leaders in our Troop, in the community, and in your workplaces. This loss saddens me deeply. A good man, gone too soon.

  81. Michael Singer July 22, 2021 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    candle 6Dear Deb and Family – Wishing you strength at this tough time. May is memory be for a blessing,

  82. Supriya Shivakumar July 22, 2021 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb,
    So deeply sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing those beautiful memories. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times. Supriya and Tom

  83. Vicki Caligur July 22, 2021 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    candle 8To Deb and your family,
    I am so sorry about your loss, and there aren’t words to make the pain easier to bear. There are many who lift you up in prayer and are willing to walk with you through the darkest times. With sympathy.

  84. Doug Rau July 22, 2021 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    candle 6Dear Deb, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, John and your family. Johns story is truly inspiring – a life well lived. God bless, Doug

  85. Steve Cooper July 23, 2021 at 4:54 am - Reply

    candle 8Deb,

    I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing. It was wonderful to read about John’s life and the legacy he built through his love and commitment to his family.

    My prayers and thoughts are with you,

    Steve

  86. Frank Wicks July 23, 2021 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Deb and Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of John’s passing. It was wonderful reading the story of your life together. May those memories and your hope in Jesus bring you peace and comfort as you try to move on from hear. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  87. Ken Goldstein July 23, 2021 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Dear Deb:

    I am very sorry to hear of John’s passing and I wish all the best to you and your family during this difficult period. I hope you will find some comfort in the wonderful tributes from your many friends.

  88. Andy Krueger July 23, 2021 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Deb,
    Sincere condolences to you and your family. Very sorry to hear this sad news. Thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

  89. Mary Mantoan July 23, 2021 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    candle 4Deb, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please remember you are surrounded by many people who care for you deeply and would do anything to help you through this difficult time. May God bring you comfort in the coming days. My sincere heart felt condolence.

  90. Michelle Pfeiffer July 23, 2021 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    candle 2Deb, I am so sorry and my deepest condolences to you and all your family. Your story about John’s life was so inspiring. Hugs and Prayers for you and your family on your loss.

    Michelle

  91. Uma Sreenivasan July 24, 2021 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    candle 8My sincere condolences Deb,
    I hope you can take strength from your memories, family and faith to come to terms with your loss.
    Thank you for sharing that a beautiful tribute to John with us. Thinking of you.
    Uma

  92. Venkat Bakthavachalam July 24, 2021 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    candle 4My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Debby and Family.

  93. Beverly Kullmann July 25, 2021 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Deb and family,
    So sorry for your loss. My sympathy and prayers at this difficult time.

  94. Dwayne Host July 26, 2021 at 6:19 am - Reply

    candle 1Very Sorry to Hear about Your loss my condolences to you and your family

  95. Pat Veselsky July 26, 2021 at 8:35 am - Reply

    candle 8So sorry for your family’s loss. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  96. Mary Krelo July 26, 2021 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    candle 1My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family. May all the cherished and wonderful memories help bring you strength during this difficult time.
    God Bless!

  97. Adam Harman July 27, 2021 at 9:02 am - Reply

    candle 8Prayers and Condolences for the loss. Very sorry to hear of John’s passing.

  98. Anne Stuckel July 27, 2021 at 10:43 am - Reply

    candle 8Extending my sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

  99. Jo Ann Williams July 27, 2021 at 10:46 am - Reply

    candle 2Dear Deb and family,
    I was so sad to hear this news. Your husband sounds like a wonderful and precious individual. Prayers and hugs coming your way.💕

  100. Bill Kiene July 27, 2021 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Deb, so sorry for your loss. May the Lord be with you and family. You all are in my prayers!

  101. Sherie Kramper July 27, 2021 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  102. Christopher Rucinski July 28, 2021 at 9:49 am - Reply

    candle 2Deb, you and your family are in our prayers; ‘May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.’ Psalm 33:22

  103. Judy Boland July 28, 2021 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Deb, you have my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.

  104. Carol Young July 28, 2021 at 11:38 am - Reply

    candle 5Deb and the Slagle Family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful story of John’s life. My thoughts and prayers go to you and everyone John touched in life.

  105. Paula Shively July 28, 2021 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    candle 2Deb and family – I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. May his memories always be a blessing for you.

  106. Eric Bennett July 28, 2021 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I haven’t seen John since college. Thank you so much for the obituary — such a wonderful life! We had some good times frowing up. I know he will be missed. I will be praying for you all.

  107. Jennifer L Patton July 28, 2021 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    candle 5Deb, Andrew and Family ~ My deepest condolences to you during this difficult time.

  108. Liesl Schroer July 28, 2021 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Deb, please know that you’re surrounded by a community that would welcome the chance to bring you even the smallest bit of comfort. In the meantime, we’re keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.

  109. Cheryl & Kurt McClellan July 29, 2021 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Deb and family – We are so sorry to hear of your loss, and the tribute to your lives together brings focus on what true love is and what the importance of family means. Please accept our sympathy and prayers for strength, and let the wonderful memories be in the forefront as you navigate these next few days of saying goodbye.

  110. Vicki Lehman July 29, 2021 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Deb and family – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy John leaves behind!

  111. Adrian Birkett July 29, 2021 at 8:25 am - Reply

    candle 4Deb and family, our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. You have built a fantastic lifetime of memories and surrounded yourselves with love. Both of these will help you see the light during your darkest hours. Adrian, Jackie, Emma and all your friends in Livingston.

  112. Carolyn Jones July 29, 2021 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Dear Deb and family, My condolences on your loss. May you appreciate his amazing legacy and all the wonderful memories! Savor each memory in this difficult time and count all of your wonderful blessings. All will be in my prayers. Sending love and hugs your way.

  113. Kathleen Schue July 29, 2021 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Deb – I am heartbroken for you and your family. John was such a wonderful person, and I am grateful to have gotten to know him (and you) through our shared EMBA experience. May his memory always be a blessing and a comfort to you. Much love to you. Kathleen

  114. David Carter July 29, 2021 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb and family–We are saddened to learn of John’s sudden passing. We will keep you in our prayers. May God keep you in his loving care and bless you with comfort and peace.

  115. Meghan Feole July 29, 2021 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    candle 8Deb and Family,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of John. He sounds like he lived a truly wonderful life surrounded by love and giving love. Hold dear the many fond memories I’m sure you have of him. My thoughts are with you during this time.
    Meghan Feole

  116. Donna Merrill July 29, 2021 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Deb,
    May loving memories sustain you as your broken heart heals with time. I am so sorry for you and your family! You all are in my prayers, my friend. 🙏❤️

  117. Diane Burd July 30, 2021 at 11:11 am - Reply

    candle 5Dear Deb and Family,
    What a wonderful man John was and how fortunate you all were to have had him in your lives. I wish you peace and comfort in the days and years to come with loving memories you have in your hearts for him.
    My Deepest Sympathy,
    Diane Burd

  118. Savita Bagga August 5, 2021 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    candle 8Dear Deb and Family- what a wonderful life John lived and impact he had on others. May god almighty give you strength to bear this loss and give peace to the departed soul. You will always carry the memories of wonderful time you had together. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time of remembrance. You all are in our families prayers.

  119. Savita Bagga August 5, 2021 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    candle 8Dear Deb and Family- what a wonderful life John lived and impact he had on others. May god almighty give you strength to bear this loss and give peace to the departed soul. You will always carry the memories of wonderful time you had together. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time of remembrance. You all are in our families prayers

  120. Deb Geary August 11, 2021 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Dear Deb,

    I am incredibly sorry for the loss of your husband, John. While there are no words that will give you comfort, I want you to know that your compassion, empathy, courage and strength has inspired so many people. The story of John that you shared above has added to that inspiration. It sounds like the two of you have had a wonderous adventure together. Thank you for sharing and know you will be in my thoughts.

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